Grammar

Grammar is soul of a language.

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No matter which language you use for drafting contracts, a good command on the grammar is essential.

A poor grammatical construction may result in unintended consequences for your client.

A simple example is a case of security deposit amount given to owners while taking a house on lease. Normally residential lease agreements in India have a term of 11 months, which are renewed every 11 months. So, if during the first lease term a tenant has paid a security deposit amount and the lease is renewed for another 11 months, clause on the Security Deposit Amount should change as follows:

Security Deposit Clause

During Initial Term

The Tenant shall pay a sum of Rs.______ to the Owner towards security deposit (“Security Deposit Amount”) on the date of handover of possession of the Demised Premises.

During Renewal Term

The Tenant has paid a sum of Rs.______ to the Owner towards security deposit (“Security Deposit Amount”) on ________ under previous lease, which the Owner has agreed to apply towards security deposit amount under this lease.

OR

The Tenant has already paid a sum of Rs.______ to the Owner towards security deposit (“Security Deposit Amount”), the receipt and sufficiency of which the Owner hereby acknowledges.

Another critical element is correct use of punctuations. To learn how misplaced comma has caused millions of losses read Here and Here.

If you improve upon your grammar skills, following website is highly recommended. It has very descriptive lessons and exercises on English grammar rules. You can also check other online resources or check your High School English Grammar Book. Idea is that you relearn the basic Grammar Rules

We have also planned an English Grammar Course specifically for contract drafters. If you are interested, do drop a message through Contact Page, and we will let you know once the Course is published.

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